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Accepting God’s Blessings in Your Life

September 18, AD2017 0 Comments
Accepting God’s Blessings in Your Life

I’ve had an extraordinarily good year. By any rational standard, every year of my life has been good, but this year in particular I have experienced a measure of personal and professional success that has been, to say the least, deeply gratifying. I took this matter to God in prayer because I realized I was […]

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Exposing the Enemy’s Plan

August 19, AD2017 1 Comment
Exposing the Enemy’s Plan

  “If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.”  Sun Tzu- The Art […]

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The Sin Problem

July 12, AD2017 5 Comments
The Sin Problem

“Sign, sign, everywhere a sign Blockin’ out the scenery, breakin’ my mind Do this, don’t do that, can’t you read the sign?” Five Man Electric Band- Signs, 1970 For many, many Catholics (and non-Catholic Christians) the lyrics above sum up their experience in the Church.  For many, Christianity looks like one big, fat rule book. […]

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The Lost Virtue of Christian Hospitality

June 24, AD2017 2 Comments
The Lost Virtue of Christian Hospitality

Summer is a time we invite family and friends over for dinner often. The sun sets later and evenings are warm. It is an ideal season to entertain guests, to sit down with family and friends and share a meal together. Hospitality is a Christian virtue. Pope Francis has mentioned that it runs the risk […]

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Your True North

June 6, AD2017 1 Comment
Your True North

  Many today are getting lost amongst the busy consumer culture, bogged down with appearing successful and fitting in with those around them. This culture tells us that the newest and fanciest cars will make us happy. It tells us that having a multimillion-dollar home will finally bring us that satisfaction that we have been […]

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A Matter of a Universe That Matters: Why I Am a Christian

May 30, AD2017 2 Comments
A Matter of a Universe That Matters: Why I Am a Christian

“Always be ready,” Scripture tells us, “to make your defense to anyone who demands from you an accounting for the hope that is in you” (1 Peter 3:15). Here is my defense for my hope in Christ, and it comes down to this: either we exist for a larger purpose or we don’t. There are […]

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The Struggle for Newly-Wedded Bliss after Marriage

May 29, AD2017 2 Comments
The Struggle for Newly-Wedded Bliss after Marriage

Yesterday my husband and I celebrated our three month anniversary of marriage, and as those three months have passed, I have learned much about the joys and struggles of this sacrament.  Marriage is truly a sacrament of paradoxes: being married feels so natural and brings great interior peace, even though it is very different from […]

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Catholic Millennials Who Want to Have Something in Common with Mary Just Need to Say Yes to YCP

December 28, AD2016 0 Comments
Catholic Millennials Who Want to Have Something in Common with Mary Just Need to Say Yes to YCP

Are you a Millennial who wants to get involved with one of the most exciting endeavors of the New Evangelization? If so all you have to do is join the Young Catholic Professionals (YCP)! If you want to get excited about the next generation of Church laity, or even if you just want a shot of […]

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Terrorism, The Sanctity of Life, and Mercy

December 1, AD2016 0 Comments
Terrorism, The Sanctity of Life, and Mercy

On September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in New York, Pennsylvania. and Washington D.C shocked the world. We will never forget exactly where we were when it occurred. I had an opportunity recently to view a documentary on the September 11th attacks and it triggered reflections on the value our lives hold in the eyes of God.  […]

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The Solution To All Your Problems

September 8, AD2016 2 Comments
The Solution To All Your Problems

  Back in 1958, in the still early days of Rock ‘N Roll, Don and Phil Everly, the Everly Brothers, released a song entitled “Problems.”  True to its title, the song started off, “Problems, problems, problems all day long.”  The entire song, all three simple stanzas of it, was under two minutes long and as […]

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What Are Your Gifts?

September 4, AD2016 0 Comments
What Are Your Gifts?

Making the most of the gifts God has given to me. Putting them at the service of God, the Church, and society.  Many Gifts, No? God has entrusted to each one of us many gifts. I invite you to test this claim against your life to see if it is true. Some of these gifts are […]

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Replace Spiritual Mediocrity with Heroic Courage

August 27, AD2016 0 Comments
Replace Spiritual Mediocrity with Heroic Courage

Spend ten minutes watching the news, searching the Internet, or reading the paper and one is likely to become disgusted and discouraged. Our response can be simply to give up, accepting things for what they are, losing hope that things can be better. Sadly, this mentality of mediocrity and settling can readily transfer into our […]

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Plan For the Worst, Hope For the Best

August 26, AD2016 2 Comments
Plan For the Worst, Hope For the Best

One of the downsides to surfing the internet is that we can get bombarded by mixed messages on a whole range of topics. News junkies may eat this up but for most ordinary folk all the contradictory information can get a bit confusing and even aggravating. News from the world of health, medicine, and science […]

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The Search for Justice and the Devil’s Dare

August 13, AD2016 1 Comment
The Search for Justice and the Devil’s Dare

One of my favorite TV shows is the Netflix series about the Marvel Comics superhero Daredevil.  What I truly like about the series is how it attempts to capture the moral dilemma that Matt Murdoch faces concerning justice every time he wears his red suit and is transformed from the blind lawyer to the hard-hitting […]

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Krakow in the Capital: World Youth Day Comes to Washington, DC

August 3, AD2016 1 Comment
Krakow in the Capital: World Youth Day Comes to Washington, DC

In the past week, two million pilgrims from all over the world traveled to Krakow, Poland to celebrate World Youth Day and to remember its founder, Pope Saint John Paul II, in his homeland. A little closer to home, thousands of young adults from across the US journeyed to the Catholic University of America in […]

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The Children of the Promise

July 13, AD2016 0 Comments
The Children of the Promise

Though I am the father of two adopted children, I have long neglected considering the topic of adoption, and how all people are the adopted children of God, from a scriptural or theological perspective.  Years ago, I remember I harbored a certain animosity toward God, thinking that I was somehow less than completely beloved by […]

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Sam’s Justice

June 6, AD2016 4 Comments
Sam’s Justice

Justice is simply defined as giving one his or her “due.” It means rendering to people what you owe them. What do we owe others? We owe other persons respect for their persons and responsibility in doing what we have promised. Here is a kind of parable of justice. Sam and “Old Man” Ricketts Sam […]

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How Often Does Rape Actually Result in Pregnancy?

April 26, AD2016 12 Comments
How Often Does Rape Actually Result in Pregnancy?

“I wonder how many cases of rape actually result in a pregnancy?” Most women these days take the Pill anyhow.” This question was asked after a Facebook posting which stated that American Presidential candidate, Donald Trump, ‘absolutely’ wants the Republican Party Platform to include rape, incest, and life of the mother exceptions. This line of […]

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The Zika Virus and the Demographic Winter

February 20, AD2016 1 Comment
The Zika Virus and the Demographic Winter

Stories concerning the Zika virus have been all over the news, lately, and for good reason. I am all in favor of informing the public regarding various diseases, as well as methods to keep one (and their family members) safe from them. However, I begin to get concerned when individuals, some of whom lack sound […]

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The Via Crucis: Walking the Passion with Jesus, Part One

February 18, AD2016 0 Comments
The Via Crucis: Walking the Passion with Jesus, Part One

We cannot possibly truly imagine what Jesus Christ went through during His Passion and Death. Suffering the horrible, excruciating, ignominious scourging and crucifixion, carrying the weight of the sins of all mankind, past, present, and future. He and He alone can understand what happened in the most fundamental ways. We can hope to achieve some […]

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A Year of Living Like Paul

February 6, AD2016 4 Comments
A Year of Living Like Paul

This past January 20 marked the one year anniversary of the death of my friend, Paul Coakley. Last year I wrote two articles about my thoughts on his life, death and subsequent impact upon me. Now that a year has passed, I would like to offer another reflection upon said impact. I wrote at the end […]

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Marching On

January 22, AD2016 2 Comments
Marching On

The Roe v Wade decision still remains unsettling to many. Since that day a culture of death has permeated society, and the world. Nevertheless, many continue to defend the voiceless, and will stand up for them, again, this year, united with others in our nation’s capital. This is a testimony to an unwillingness to accept […]

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Grandmothers: God’s Gift of Love and Mercy

January 13, AD2016 2 Comments
Grandmothers:  God’s Gift of Love and Mercy

Grandmothers and Mercy January is a time that reminds me of my deceased Grandmother.  She passed away over 20 years ago on January 31. It is this time of year where I live with the Pennsylvania chill in the air that reminds me of her passing.  I think many of us have fond memories of those people […]

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The Sorrowful Mysteries of the Holy Rosary

December 29, AD2015 0 Comments
The Sorrowful Mysteries of the Holy Rosary

  This is the third installment in our series on the Mysteries of the Most Holy Rosary.  Today we look at the Sorrowful Mysteries, those Mysteries which help us to meditate upon the suffering that Jesus underwent for our salvation. The Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary are probably those with which we are most familiar. […]

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